26th Canadian National KungFu Championship

Another eventful weekend has passed.

This time it saw a few brave competitors hit the road at 7am on Saturday to make their way to Markham for registration in the 26th Canadian National KungFu Championship, hosted by the Canadian Chinese Kuo Shu Federation.

CCKSF KungFu Chamionship

The famous “Markham Competition”, this time first hand!

We were treated to a friendly reception and some of us were immediately put to work. We know how this goes from our own events :-)

Atado members are put to work for setup

Atado members are always ready to help!

The Shaolin Quanfa Institute (under Shi Guo Song) brought the most students. Chi Wai Lee (Chung Wah) , Atado, the International Hung Gar Association (all the way from Quebec City!) and Christian Wushu (the hosts) made up a much smaller but no less capable group.

Our first participant was Zach, demonstrating his small back-through boxing form and catching major air for the picture. Zach also was our most active participant, signing up for Empty Hand, 13 Spear and Soft Weapon Sparring! The latter gained him a bronze medal! Congratulations, Zach!

Zach performs his Empty Hand Form in front of the judges

Zach performs his small back-through boxing form in front of the judges

Kai showed the Northern Shaolin Longboxing, sticking out from the other participants with a truly different form.

Kai performs Shaolin Northern Longboxing

Kai performs Northern Shaolin Longboxing

Nicolas participated in the Empty Hand form and in sparring with a spear. He earned silver medals against formidable competitors in both disciplines.

It was exciting to watch a real sparring event where competitors are actually given a chance to practice their skills. Watch the video below to see for yourself!

In the end, this competition was both a pleasure to watch and to participate in. Both judges and participants were very much in line with our style and held a very fair and friendly competition. Our Team enjoyed the visit and came home honourably decorated.

Markham Competition Team 2 Zach and Nicolas after sparring

We are looking forward for this event again next year!

Shaolin & Knight Well Met!

*** Update: Check out the videos below!!! ***

So, today is Sunday, the day after the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo Park.

The Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo

The Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo

And what a day THAT was! It was a bit wet and a bit windy, but we did great! Our most resilient team, consisting of Zach, Kylie, Matthew, Kai, Justin, Nicolas and Karen weathered wind and rain, put on a great show and still managed to have a blast!

Shi Nicolas leads the kids in Basic Eight

Shi Nicolas leads the kids in Basic Eight

As at the Cherry Park Festival earlier this summer we generated a lot of interest and many people stopped by the booth to handle some weapons, talk to us or participate in the draw for a free month membership, T-shirt and Ninja Soap.

Shifu Justin & Kai demonstrating Long Boxing

Shifu Justin & Kai demonstrating Long Boxing

The King himself (impersonated by Dave Jaworsky, the major of Waterloo) gave us the honour of an appearance and a portrait!

Waterloo Major Dave Jaworsky, dressed as King, poses with Atado Shifus

The King grants Atado the honour of a portrait


Between our own demonstrations, our kids were occupied playing the games, awesomely put on by the organizers of the RMF for all the little knights, ladies and Shaolin.

Atado Kids shooting toy catapults at the Royal Medieval Faire

Zach & Kai shoot down the fortress!

Zach was unstoppable until he either got banned, had depleted the price stock or the show closed!

Matthew did his first public presentation – awesome job, Matthew!

A young Shaolin demonstrates his skill with the staff

Shaolin skill & bravery – after only one month of training!


All our participants took the opportunity for a match-up with one of the knights, stepping into the fighting ring (with foam blades, of course!) to see who would have won a medieval battle if the Crusaders had made it past the middle east. See some of the videos below!

Shifu Justin squares off with Sir Liam


Zach takes down the Mysterious Black Knight Sir Sean

Miraculously recovered, Sir Sean matches up against Shi Nicolas

Shifu Karen faces the intimidating Sir Scary Knight


Thank You to all who showed up! Karen, Justin & Nicolas for organizing the demos, kids for participating and being good fun and parents for helping out!

I specifically wanted to thank James for his cheer, staying power and unrelenting sales job! Thank You James, without you these shows would be much quieter!

Thanks also goes out to Trevor and Amy who helped us set up and take down and who lend us Zach to keep our spirits up in rain and storm!

Edison, we all send out multiple thanks during the day already for your canopy!!! You will get it back dry and unharmed, we really appreciated the loan!

Atado and the Royal Medieval Faire

This coming Saturday (Sept. 19) our KungFu group is booked for a booth and demo at the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo park!

Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo Park

Not quite a Shaolin Form, but not bad :-)

We should be near the eastern entrance to the grounds, but details remain to be seen. The Faire starts at 11:00 am and will continue to 6:00 pm and there will be lots of action, entertainment, artefacts and food. And we will be in the middle of it all.

I am looking forward for see our demo! Karen, Nicolas, Justin and Keagan have been working hard with our members to get an impressive presentation together in a very short time.

Come and visit our booth and see what we are up to!

Farewell Dinner with Ron

On Saturday, September 12th, Atado came out in force to enjoy the farewell dinner with Ron at Mandarin. We hit very near 40 people and thanks to Kevin managing the reservation (changes) we all got seated quickly.

Atado dines at Mandarin

Farewell Dinner for Ron – Mandarin, Sept. 12, 2015

It was nice to welcome present and former members of the club and Ron enjoyed the best wishes of many of his friends and adopted family. Once again it became apparent how many lives Ron has influenced and even guided!

Thank You all for coming out and Best Wishes to Ron in this new chapter of his life!

New Tai-Chi Fall Program !

Atado’s new Tai Chi program will start this Fall. Join us for our first class on Tuesday at 7:00 pm on September 8th! Everyone is welcome!

If you are new to Atado, remember that we offer complimentary trial classes in all our programs! Try two classes, then sign up and participate in 8 more!

Shifu Victor Zhang, our well known, Authentic Tai Chi Guide, will take us through an exciting 8 week program. His goal is to introduce us to the original fighting form of Tai Chi. These teachings combine focused breathing with coordinated, controlled motion to take us beyond the realm of a typical Tai Chi program.

Shifu Victor guides the Tai Chi group in the new Atado KungFu Studio

Shifu Victor guides the Tai Chi group in the new Atado KungFu Studio

This program provides an excellent foundation for Kung Fu students and Tai Chi practitioners who are interested in widening their experience.

Join Shifu Victor and us in this exciting, authentic and rare Tai Chi experience!


Read More about Tai Chi benefits here.


China Town Trip

Hello All,

The Atado Club went to China Town on Saturday July 18th. We had a great time in perfect weather in a surprisingly empty city. The PanAm games must have drawn people away!

Atado in China Town - 23 July 15

Atado in China Town – 23 July 15

Shifu Ron guided the tour with unexpected timing precision! The group of cars arrived in the selected parking lot within a few minutes, we caught the subway to downtown and had time to roam the first set of stores. Then it was time for a delicious lunch of Dim Sum.

China Town Dim Sum Lunch

China Town Dim Sum Lunch

In good Shaolin Tradition Shifu Victor did not pass up any opportunity to learn and share wisdom. We had some engaging discussions!

Shifu Victor explains foundations of Shaolin philosophy

Shifu Victor explains foundations of Shaolin philosophy

Afterwards we wandered around some more and visited Dao Shi in the Shaolin Temple in Toronto. Dao Shi’s club has recently moved and has major construction, but we were impressed with his new facilities and future plans. We will certainly have to visit again.

The remaining stores and Bubble Tea were tackled next. Nobody can say Shaolin don’t know how to have fun…

Much later than I anticipated, a happy crew travelled back to the parking lot – not missing the opportunity to help a damsel in distress that was quickly and happily reunited with her family – and departed for home to arrive around 8:30 pm. As long as your car could make it (you know who you are :-) – hope CAA covered you!),  this was a great 12h trip.

I enjoyed this outing very much (it was the first I participated in), especially the fun company. I look forward to our next trip, where-ever it may take us!


Cherry Pie Finished…

On July 4th Atado showed up in full force at the Cherry Park Festival to demonstrate Shaolin Kung Fu to an unsuspecting audience.

Shifu Justin and Shi Nicolas give trial lessons at the Cherry Park Festival

Shifu Justin and Shi Nicolas give trial lessons at the Cherry Park Festival

We had our demo “on stage” at 11-12 and put on an impressive show. Basic eight and crisp hand forms impressed the audience.  Weapons gleamed in the sun. Staff hits cracked the air. Under-layed with music and backed by nice weather this was awesome to watch.

The show was a bit under-visited (due to the fact that the festival had just opened and we were the first act) but we had a lot of interest and fun around our table afterwards. Our Tai-Chi group, lead by Shifu Victor, staged ad-hoc demonstrations and lessons.

Shifu Victor leads a Tai-Chi Class at the Cherry Park Festival

Shifu Victor leads an ad-hoc Tai-Chi lesson at the Cherry Park Festival

Our Kung Fu members demonstrated their skills in singles and groups and our parents handed out cookies and flyers to interested bystanders. Many visitors tested their first weapons practice and Shi Nicolas demonstrated the various weapons forms all afternoon.

We received substantial interest even by the press and television. A photographer from the Waterloo Chronicle as well as a private enthusiast captured Shi Nicolas in action while a CTV camera was trained on several of our blackbelts for some action-ladden footage. I set out a spotter’s reward for a copy of any of us published anywhere by and for anyone!

Shifu Karen presents a hand form to the CTV camera man at the Cherry Park festival

Shifu Karen presents a hand form to the CTV camera man at the Cherry Park festival

With all this activity we can hopefully look forward to some new visitors to the club.

Thank You all for your participation and the great show!

Cherry Park demonstration

Hey Everyone!

The Cherry Park Festival is on Saturday July 4th and Atado will be there!

We will be doing an on-stage demo of Kung Fu and Tai Chi from 11-12 noon.

Cherry Park is in walking distance from Atado and the club will come out after Saturday Morning practice.

Come out, meet us and enjoy the show!

Find out more here (www.cherrypark.blogspot.com):



Spontaneous Demo at the Multi-Cultural

The City of Kitchener held its annual Multi-Cultural Festival on June 20 & 21st, last weekend. Check it out here – it’s a great event!

A small group of Atado Black Belts took it upon them to venture out with a pile of new flyers, command a nicely located staging ground and go about showing “the world” what Shaolin are made off.

Atado Black Belts Demo Shaolin KungFu at the Kitchener Multi-Cultural Festival

Atado Black Belts demo Shaolin KungFu at the Kitchener Multi-Cultural Festival

We generated a nice amount of interest and people were actually asking for our flyers. We are looking forward for seeing a few new faces in the club soon!

Thanks to Karen, Justin, Nicolas and Gavin we had a good time, got people a taste of true Shaolin Kung Fu and had some interesting discussions with passerby’s and many of the other participants.

Thanks also to Edison who we met walking around the festival with his weapons tied on his back and flyers in his pocket. I hope he didn’t get pulled over…

Thanks to my “good” planning we had neither water, nor food nor sunscreen nor enough money nor did we get a really nice picture to show. I only caught Justin after he had finished his form while Nicolas was hiding behind the lantern post. Better luck next time!

Anyhow, this festival is a great venture for us to meet new people, get our name out and show our skills. Next year we will try to get the booth right next to the staging ground we occupied this time. It was a perfect spot!

Our Perfect Spot for a Demo - Hopefully we can get this booth next year!

Our Perfect Spot for a Demo – Hopefully we can get this booth next year!


Thanks to all who helped and came out.

I promised cookies and I brought them – come to the club, you may be lucky and get some leftovers!